Words can Inspire and they can Destroy…
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Words are Powerful.
Whether spoken or written, words have the power to lift someone up or to quickly bring someone down. In this day and age, it is so easy to quickly and carelessly leave a nasty comment on a blog post or online forum without giving a second thought to the person on the other end (yes, there is another person – a human being on the other side of the computer).
Before you publish your words online, I encourage you to ask yourself:
Would I say these same words in person (i.e. face to face)?
Could the tone of my comment be misinterpreted? If yes, then consider rewording your comment to ensure it is interpreted as you intend.
Is my comment adding value to the blog post/forum? Will other readers gain insight from my comment? Will others be challenged in a positive way by my comment?
Should my comment be published on a public forum/blog for all to see or would it be better to email the author of the post directly with my concerns/questions?
I challenge you and I challenge myself to think long and hard about the words we write online. Let’s work hard to lift others up and to inspire others with our words. I hope you will join me in this challenge! <3